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April 18, 2015

Gay man tells Democratic party front-runner: 'That's our gal'

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received some positive reinforcement from a gay man she encountered on the campaign trail on Friday.

Mike Yowell, having coffee with Clinton during her visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa, said: "I was thrilled when you recently urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. I was like 'That’s our gal. Yes.'"

Yowell clenched his fist and said: 'So thank you.'

April 17, 2015

'I wept more than I had in years. I think about her every single day'

Alan Cumming was a triple threat last year with successes on Broadway (Cabaret), on television (The Good Wife) and in bookstores (Not My Father’s Son).

But he was also grieving over two big losses: the death of his beloved dog Honey and his native Scotland voting down an independence referendum.

Cumming admits that he enjoyed 'my longest and most successful adult relationship' with his collie-shepherd mix who was diagnosed with cancer.

April 16, 2015

He was the suspect of a shooting before it is believed he turned the gun on himself

​A gay porn star, who was just 18, has committed suicide after becoming a suspect in a workplace shooting.

Christopher Luke McAteer, a Corbin Fisher model who performed under the name Clay in at least three scenes, died on Sunday night (13 April) in Kentucky.

Owensboro Police confirmed the death, saying he had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

It began after 8pm at Ninki's Japenese Restaurant on Saturday where McAteer had just been fired for making threats.

April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 14, 2015

Zukerman performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Christoph Koenig at London's Royal Festival Hall.

It had been a brilliant sunny Spring day and London's Southbank precinct was swarming with an excited after-work crowd, drinking, laughing, and making the most of the warm evening.

One of the best views along the Thames and across the city is from the sixth floor balcony of the Royal Festival Hall.

It was pretty much a sell-out crowd that was gathering for a performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Christoph Koenig.

April 14, 2015

'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter!'

A man who allegedly sent a letter to gay bar threatening to murder all of the patrons with deadly anthrax is being held in jail.

Eric Reece Wiethorn, from Ames, Iowa, is believed to have sent the note claiming he would 'punish' and then eat the 'faggots and dykes' who had 'sinned against God'.

In the letter, it is claimed he covered it with a white powder.

Sent to Blazing Saddle Bar, the note said: 'It's time for all the faggots and dykes to die on Capital Pride night!

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

April 13, 2015

American fell from cliff amid spate of gay-bashing attacks in the area

The New South Wales coroner has ordered an unprecedented third inquest into the death of an American gay man who fell from a cliff in Sydney nearly 30 years ago.

Scott Johnson's naked body was found at gay cruising site North Head in December 1988.

Police ruled his death a suicide but his family belive he was the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.

'The perpetrators are probably still alive and local,' the victim's brother, Steve Johnson, said outside Glebe coroner's court on Monday (13 April) morning.

April 13, 2015

Micro Rainbow International secures funding through the European Union for a three-year project to help lift LGBTI people in Brazil out of poverty

Not-for-profit social enterprise Micro Rainbow International (MRI) has announced that is has received funding from the European Union for a three-year project to help alleviate poverty among the LGBTI communities in Brazil.

A proportion of the funding will be used to help LGBTI individuals set up their own businesses.

April 13, 2015

Extra host posts pic on Instagram and confesses: 'Couldn't help it'

Mario Lopez was grand marshal of the Miami Gay Pride Parade over the weekend and got a little grabby.

The Saved By the Bell star who now hosts the entertainment host Extra posted a fun pic of himself on Instagram of him grabbing a friend's butt and giving it a solid squeeze.

The caption reads: Caught in the act! Couldn’t help it… @rodneyrinks ‘s butt looked so juicy today I had to get in there. He liked it :) #MiamiPride

April 11, 2015

He kept three young gay men locked up in a house as 'sex slaves' and forced them to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day

A 25-year-old Hungarian man is facing 155 years in prison after 12 jurors found him guilty of human trafficking and racketeering on Thursday.

Andras Vass and two other men, Gabor Acs and Viktor Berki were arrested last October for running a company called Never Sleep Inc which forced three young men to prostitute themselves for up to 20 hours a day.

April 10, 2015

'I feel at the end of the day, if you come from a place of love you can’t go wrong'

This weekend's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade will have as its grand marshal a Catholic guy with great abs named Mario Lopez.

The host of TV's Extra says he has no trouble reconciling his Catholic faith with his support of the LGBTI community and for its equality.

'Like the pope said, "Who am I to judge?"' Lopez tells The Miami Herald.

April 8, 2015

The Bible condemns both gay sex and shellfish as 'abominations'

A Californian activist has countered a ballot proposal calling for all LGBTI people in the state to be shot with his own – the Shellfish Suppression Act.

Joe Decker from San Jose filed the counter-initiative and a $200 cheque on 31 March.

Christian lawyer Matt McLaughlin filed the Sodomite Suppression Act in February, citing a verse from a book in the Bible that states: 'If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.'

April 8, 2015

'We must do more to end the culture of violence and discrimination surrounding gender identity and expression'

Sir Elton John and REM frontman Michael Stipe have called on Georgia's department of corrections to provide hormone therapy and safety to transgender women housed in male prisons.

The openly gay singer and the bisexual Georgia native issued a joint statement Sunday (7 April), a few days after the US Justice Department called the state’s denial of hormone therapy to trans inmates a 'cruel and unusual punishment.' 

April 8, 2015

Cole Fox leaves remarkable two-page coming out letter in dad's pocket who later texts son: 'You are still a great son and I am proud of you'

Cole Fox isn't a wrestler on just any high school team.

He's wrestles at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Iowa for a team that has won 18 state wrestling titles. It is also a team for which Fox's father is the assistant coach.

So the stakes were high when Fox decided to inform his dad, who had been known to make homophobic comments, that he is gay.

April 7, 2015

Police are calling for anyone who might have spoken to a 33-year-old trans woman visiting the UK from Miami, Florida

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 33-year-old trans woman was killed in London.

The body of Vanessa Santillan, originally from Miami, Florida, was found in a flat in Fulham, an area of south-west London, on 28 March.

Officers were called to a flat in Romily Court at around 9.30pm where Santillan was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave the preliminary cause of death as injuries to the head and neck.

April 6, 2015

Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon supports the criminalization of homosexuality but says the church’s battle is ‘not against homosexuals, our battle today is against those who say God’s standards are not good enough for us.’

A Nigerian bishop who supports the criminalization of LGBTI people has been appointed to be the next Secretary General of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Josiah Idowu-Fearon has been the Bishop of Kaduna since 1998 and has a reputation for his expertise in managing relations between the Christian and Muslim communities in Nigeria.

However he is adamant that homosexuality remain illegal in Nigeria

April 5, 2015

The Terminator star calls fellow Republicans 'out of touch' and 'choosing a politics of division'

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, blasted fellow Republicans for choosing ‘a politics of division’ through Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Terminator star wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he said while, as an American, he is concerned by the developments, he is furious as a Republican.

April 5, 2015

The boys were insulted, hit and even choked by other students because their father is gay

A gay father of two took to YouTube to raise awareness of the bullying his two sons endure every day at school.

Joshua Alameda Franklin from Puna, Hawaii, is seen engaging his sons in conversation about their experiences at school, where they frequently are the victims of bullies.

The children talk about being called ‘gay’, ‘retarded’ and ‘fag’; their father says he even witnessed one of his sons being insulted and a teacher, standing right next to them, doing nothing.

April 4, 2015

'The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them'

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the 'militant gay community.'

The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.

He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

April 4, 2015

The genius of Lee Alexander McQueen is celebrated in a retrospective of his work.

London-born Lee McQueen began his career in the fashion industry at the age of 16 when he was taken on as an apprentice with Savile Row tailors Anderson & Sheppard in 1985. He subsequently worked for tailors Gieves & Hawkes, and then theatrical costumiers Angels and Bermans.

April 3, 2015

Asa Hutchinson: 'The fact that it might not solve every problem for everyone probably means that it's a good bill'

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law on Thursday that provides protections for religious freedom but was revised to not appear anti-gay.

Hutchinson surprised many this week when he refused to sign an earlier version of a bill which closely resembled the law that has caused a firestorm of controversy in Indiana in the past week.

April 2, 2015

'It’s completely unacceptable to me that, in the 21st century, such a discriminatory law would be in place'

Ontario's openly gay premier Wednesday (1 April) slammed Indiana's 'religious freedom' law as 'completely unacceptable' and 'discriminatory.'

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was signed into law last week, allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds.

April 1, 2015

San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Denver and DC also join boycott

Connecticut, New York, and Washington have banned state-funded travel to Indiana and any other states that pass 'religious freedom' laws.

The Indiana Religous Freedom Restoration allows businesses to turn away LGBTI customers on religious grounds, which has led to a mass boycott of the state.

Gov Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called the law 'disturbing and outright discriminatory' before signing an executive order on Monday (30 March)